2010 ANNUAL REPORT ON ANTI-CATHOLICISM
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TRUSTING IN GOD’S LOVE IN OUR DAILY LIVES
VATICAN CITY, 27 FEB 2011 (VIS) – At midday today Benedict XVI appeared at the window of his study to pray the Angelus with faithful gathered in St. Peter’s Square below.
He commented on today’s reading from the Prophet Isaiah who, consoling Jerusalem afflicted by calamities says: “Can a woman forget her nursing child, or show no compassion for the child of her womb? Even these may forget, yet I will not forget you”.
This phrase, said the Pope, is “a call to trust in the indefectible love of God”, as is the episode in the Gospel of St. Matthew in which Jesus exhorts His disciples “to trust in the providence of the heavenly Father, Who nourishes the birds of the air, clothes the lilies of the field and knows our every need. Thus the Master says: ‘Do not worry, saying: What will we drink? or: What will we wear? For it is the Gentiles who strive for all these things; and indeed your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things?’
“Faced with the situation of so many people who, near and far, live in dire poverty, these words of Jesus may seem unrealistic, even evasive”, the Holy Father added. “Yet in fact the Lord wants us to understand clearly that we cannot serve two masters: God and money. Those who believe in God, the Father full of love for His children, give priority to seeking His Kingdom and His will. This is the exact opposite of fatalism. … Faith in Providence, does not, in fact, dispense us from the arduous struggle of living a dignified life, but frees us from our attachment to things and our fear of the morrow”.
And he went on: “Clearly this teaching of Jesus, while it remains true and valid for everyone, is practiced in different ways depending on our different vocations: A Franciscan friar may follow it more radically, while a family man will have to take account of his duties towards his wife and children. Yet in all cases Christians stand out for their absolute faith in the heavenly Father, just like Jesus” Who “showed us what it means to live with our feet firmly planted on the ground, attentive to the real situation of our neighbours and, at the same time, with our hearts in heaven, immersed in God’s mercy”.
Finally the Pope called on the Virgin Mary to intercede “that we may all learn to live a more simple and sober life, working hard every day and respecting the creation which God entrusted to our care”.
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WASHINGTON, Feb. 28, 2011 /Christian Newswire/ — The following is submitted by Day Gardner, President, National Black Pro-Life Union:Recently, Justin Bieber’s interview with Rolling Stone revealed his stance on pro-life issues and more, which were dismissed by “The View’s” head, Barbara Walters as not “appropriate.” I could not believe it! The Vile, Vampire, View women were at it again — spitting venom on a person, a young person at that, just because he has an opinion that differs from theirs. Justin Bieber should be applauded for not being afraid to speak his mind. The sad thing is you won’t find these women putting down Kanye West’s idiotic death video that eroticizes dead women, or offensive comments made about women by other “celebrities.” Instead, they pick on someone who displays a bit of morality and character. Shame on them! I am also pro-life…no exceptions! Rape and incest are horrible crimes where women are viciously and brutally injured both emotionally and physically. But we must remember in cases where a child is conceived, that child is completely innocent of any crime. In most cases the offender — if caught — gets off after serving only a few years (or months) in jail or prison. Yet, the totally innocent child gets the death penalty! Where is the justice in that? There is something very wrong with that way of thinking. Justin Bieber also said in the interview that he believes it’s good to “wait” regarding sex. What a level headed thing to say! Yet, the View’s Joy Behar expressed concern about the influence the singer’s comments might have on young girls. Are you kidding me? What kind of influence has she been to anyone — with her foul mouth, equally foul jokes and crude attempt at humor? I think Justin Bieber is a wonderful role model for girls — and boys. It’s important that Justin Bieber and his gazillion fans travel their own road. Bieber, don’t succumb to peer pressure — or — the pressure of some old ladies with a backward VIEW or maybe I should say, WIEV… yeah, that’s more like it.
Perhaps it’s just a coincidence. Then again, perhaps not. However, at the same time AFL-CIO boss Richard Trumka went to New Jersey on Friday for a “solidarity” rally, a group of unionized bus drivers who transport developmentally disabled and critically ill patients decided to abandon their duties and stage a sick out.
Monmouth County transportation employees staged a sickout Friday that left 174 developmentally disabled clients waiting for a bus that never came and county officials scrambling to get critically ill patients to their dialysis appointments.
William K. Heine, a county spokesman, confirmed that two-thirds of workers did not come to work. Of those 25 workers, eight had a pre-approved day off. The others — 14 bus drivers and three office workers — called in sick.
[County spokesman] Heine said he didn’t know the reason for the sickout at SCAT, which originally stood for Special Citizens Area Transportation. The unionized work force is not in the midst of contract negotiations, nor is there any apparent problems in the office that provides transportation services for developmentally disabled residents who need to get to their employment centers, senior citizens and seriously ill people who need help getting to dialysis treatments and other medical appointments.
Kevin Tauro, president of Communications Workers of America Local 1038, which represents the SCAT employees, could not be reached for comment. [Emphasis added.]
Hopefully, Monmouth County offcials will be conducting a thorough investigation because, if the unionized drivers opted to join the union rally, as opposed to doing their jobs transporting patients, their actions are reprehensible and they should be fired.
“I bring reason to your ears, and, in language as plain as ABC, hold up truth to your eyes.” Thomas Paine, December 23, 1776
This is a sad story of union people gone mad! How can they live with themselves, knowing they have abandoned the sick and elderly? Dialysis people need constant care and could die if their blood is not cleansed from impurities through dialysis. There are a lot of people out of work who would love to have their sweet job of driving people around. If they don’t like their jobs, quit and go somewhere else but don’t make the sick suffer any more than they have too! Shame on you, who called out sick, making a lie on top of everything else. May God have mercy on your inhumanity!
The Incredible and True Story of Tom Thumb
“At the true age of one month, a human being is four and a half millimeters long. Its tiny heart has already been beating for a week, its arms, legs, head, brain are already recognizable. At two months old, from head to the tip of its bottom, the human embryo is about three centimeters long. It could fit curled up inside a walnut shell. Inside a clenched fist, it would be invisible, and the clenched fist would crush it accidentally without even noticing.
But open your hand, the embryo is almost complete, hands, feet, head, organs, brain, everything is in its place and from now on will merely grow. Look more closely , you can already read the life lines in its palms and predict its good fortunes. Look closer still, with an ordinary microscope, and you can see its fingerprints. Everything is already there and it would be possible to issue its identity card.”
“The incredible Tom Thumb, the man no bigger than my thumb, actually exists ; not the one in the fairy tale, but the one which every one of us once was.” Dr. Jerome LeJeune (the great pro-life scientist who discovered the cause of Downs Syndrome)
SLOTH! THE DEADLY SIN
“All run in the race, but only one receives the prize. Run so that you may obtain it.”
Sermon by Fr. Aaron Huberfeld: (edited for length) The seven deadly sins are more properly known as the seven capital vices – seven unsightly creases in our moral fabric which form the foundation of all manner of sinful behavior. They are not just sinful actions; they are a way of life, or rather, a way of death. And on this Septuagesima Sunday, we are invited to begin by considering the vice which is always listed last among the seven. It is the sin which exemplifies more than any other this way of death which we must avoid at all costs. It is the sin which abhors action, abhors real thinking, abhors feeling, abhors living, abhors even existing. It is the deadly sin of sloth.
Well, keeping busy is easy enough. Many families need two incomes just to make ends meet, and many Americans, rich and poor, willingly work 100 hours a week. If there’s any time left after running a household and raising children, there’s phone conversations, books, television, the internet. Surely no one in our day and age has any time to be slothful. But laziness and leisure are not the same as sloth. Leisure has nothing to do with sloth, and laziness is just an occasional symptom. You can tear through each day of your life without one moment of free time – working, socializing, performing your duties at home – and still be overcome with sloth.
Sloth is sadness over spiritual good. As you will soon hear, envy is sorrow over our neighbor’s good, but sloth is sorrow over good itself, sorrow which a man harbors over God and the means of salvation. St. Thomas, writing 800 years ago, called sloth, “an oppressive sorrow which so weighs upon a man’s mind that he chooses to do nothing.” This may sound like the modern description of clinical depression. But when this sorrow has God as its object, it has moral consequences. Being bored with God and not caring about your spiritual life is the most deadly of spiritual diseases. And if we make no effort to fight this disease, it is mortally sinful – a sin against the love of God. It is, somehow, even worse than hating God – it is showing Him utter indifference. As Our Lord predicted, the light came into the world, and men preferred darkness. Busyness is no remedy for this deplorable state. Our only hope lies in spiritual combat.
The Apostle tells us, run so that you may win the prize. And he says the priest must be the one to set the example. I fight not as one beating the air, but I chastise my body, and bring it into subjection, lest after having preached to others, I myself should be condemned. Like all Christians, he must take heed to the frightful warning which the Apostle gives us today: they all were baptized; they all ate the same spiritual food, and drank the same spiritual drink; but with most of them God was not well pleased.
What a priceless gift is time! The Church exhorts us to shake off the sin of sloth. We still have time to prepare ourselves, and offer to God this year a Lent well spent. Do not fight as one beating the air. Do not be angry with yourself and upbraid yourself for your faults. If you know your faults, lay them before the altar of God with a humble and contrite heart. Seek the Divine Heart of Our Savior, because when you find it you will find a joy which will consume your heart and rid it of sloth forever. Remember the Sermon on the Mount, and the beatitude which the Fathers of the Church always recognized as the antidote for sloth: Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall have their fill. Blessed are those who do not seek passing joy in this miserable world, but who delight only in saying to Our Eternal Father, thy kingdom come.
God says to the men at the end of the day, why have you stood here the whole day idle? Don’t think about the time you have wasted; God will still hire you into His vineyard, and give you a just reward for your labors. Fight the good fight; finish the race; keep the Faith. Hope in our Savior, who came to save us from the wrath to come. Love this Savior who bought you at so dear a price. His Cross is our only hope, and if we think on the blissful eternity which He has won for us, God help us if our hearts are not on fire to run the race of this short life to win that incorruptible crown. Many are called, but few are chosen. Run so that you may win. May Our Blessed Lady, cause of our joy, keep ever before our eyes that joyful port which awaits us on eternity’s shore.